Introduction by Frank Maloney (13th Intake VM)
At the Committee meeting on 18 Feb 10, a motion was put and carried that the Association ought have a dedicated non-denominational prayer entitled as such. The thought behind this is that such a prayer could be included in specific activities such as stand alone memorial services, or those services forming part of reunions etc.
Sadly it is also the fact that these days we are seeing our ‘family members’ marching out with increased frequency with the passing of years. Perhaps the offer of our prayer to the grieving family may add some comfort, and be a reminder to them of a long forgotten part of the life of their lost one, who is remembered by lifelong mates.
Accordingly we asked our Chaplains Rev Craig Potter (38th F&T), and Rev Bryan Nicholls (11th VM) to accept the task and create a prayer that captured the spirit of an Army Apprentice then and now. This they did and it was tabled and accepted at the AAAA Committee meeting in Melbourne on 28 Apr 2010.
A draft version was published on the web site for comment and, following some minor changes, the final version is produced below.
The Prayer of the Australian Army Apprentice
God of Creation, we remember with pride the badge we wore at the Army Apprentices School.
We call to mind that its basis was a cross which was to remind us that the development
of character and virtue lay in the path of service and sacrifice.
Recall to our minds the blessings of skills learned, the mateship enjoyed at
Balcombe and Bonegilla, and our unity and steadfastness lived in peace and war.
Keep us still today in these same values that laid the foundations of our adult lives,
that with all You endowed upon and grew in us,
we may continue in the service of our nation and of You.
For the sake of Him who died for us.